Spring has sprung here and it has me dreaming of long summer days and warm evenings. For this blog post, I chose the Cross-over back blouse pattern (which also comes with a loose-fitting jersey top with raglan sleeves) as the first of my summer makes.
I made view A in a beautiful Liberty cotton lawn from Doughtys in a size 8, and made no modifications to the pattern. I am happy with the fit, worn here with high-waisted jeans.
The party really is in the back with this blouse! The cross-over back means the top is airy whilst remaining modest, which will be great on hot summer days. Although the top is quite loose-fitting, it doesn’t completely hide your figure, and sometimes shows a cheeky flash of your back (don’t worry, it doesn’t show your bra!).
The pattern only requires one button, which is a great way of showcasing those special one-offs lingering in your button jar. I chose a star-burst button to coordinate with the fabric.
This was a pretty simple make, which required no fitting and has no darts. I made it using all the facings in the pattern, but would probably just finish the neckline and armholes with bias binding in future. I fully stitched down the facings on the back and front hem to stop them from flipping to the outside.
I can certainly see myself making a few of these for my holiday this summer as they are so easy to throw on. I love the classic boat-neck style, and think it would look great in a stripe, or even a plain linen.
See you next time!